Subject Leader: Mrs L Simpson
Edexcel French (1FR0) 2016 specification
What are the key topics and themes? When will they be taught?
5 main themes
Year 9 :
Identity and Culture
Local Area, Holiday and Travel
Future Aspirations, Study and Work
International and Global Dimension.
Topics are taught throughout the three year course, focusing on 4 main skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, with grammar taught alongside those skills.
How will my son or daughter be assessed? When do these assessments take place?
Every term students will complete a specific Module/ Topic of Study. When they have completed a topic of study, they will be assessed on their progress. This usually takes place at the end of term.
There are four main skills in MFL that we assess: Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading.
The assessment that students take at the end of each module can take the
form of a reading or listening paper and / or a piece of writing, a spoken task
This varies depending on the Unit. Sometimes students will be assessed on more than one skill.
At the end of Years 9 and 10 there will be a more formal exam, assessing students’ progress throughout the course so far. This is assessed through a piece of writing and through a task focusing on at least one of the other skills.
Throughout the course students will be assessed on all of the Key Skills at
In Year 11 there will be a formal Mock exam in November. This will give students and teachers information about whether students will take the Higher or Foundation Tier Papers.
In the Higher Paper, students can achieve from a 4-9. (If the student were to achieve less than the marks needed for a 4, the grade would be considered a U.)
In the Foundation Paper, students can achieve grades 0-5.
This will be followed by a second Mock Exam in February.
All four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will be assessed by exams at the end of the course.
The speaking exam is conducted one-to-one with the teacher and will comprise three elements: a role play (worth 10 marks), a photo card task (worth 24 marks) and a general conversation about one of the main themes in the target language (worth 36 marks)
In the final GCSE exam, each skill is worth 25% of the total mark.
The final GCSE exams take place in May/June of Year 11.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
All students have GCSE Knowledge Booklets provided to them with Powerful
Knowledge necessary for the course. These Knowledge Booklets contain key vocabulary, grammar and structures (explanations, use in context and exercises) and Parallel Texts for each module. These are examples of what good pieces of writing look like for each topic.
Language and structures are repeated and revisited throughout the different
We encourage all students to use these Knowledge Books and focus on learning the key examples and structures that we give.
Students also complete end of module tests, roughly once per term. Students should take time to look at areas where they struggled and strive to learn from the mistakes and use the alternative suggestions that the teacher has given.
Active Learn tasks are set by class teachers regularly to support students’ learning. This is an interactive platform which students can access from home, accessible via student password at: https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com
Teachers will have given details to students, but please do get in contact if this information has become lost in any way.
is a great revision tool for languages; students can practise Listening and Reading clips for Foundation or Higher tiers: